Pakistan Cricket Cup 2023-24: Peshawar clinch title
Peshawar overcome Karachi Whites by 5 wickets in a low-scoring finalAbdul Jabbar FaisalRAWALPINDI: A couple of notable performances by Mohammad Imran (4for 28), and Mohammad Haris (46 off 33 balls), guided Peshawar to grab the Pakistan Cricket Cup 2023-24 title after thrashing Karachi Whites by 5 wickets in the final here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday in a low scoring final.The skipper of Peshawar Sahibzada Farhan won the toss and asked Karachi Whites to bat first in a 50 overs per inning fixture. Due to magical bowling by pacer Mohammad Imran, Karachi could post 103 runs on the board in 31.2 overs. Azam Khan was the top-scorer with 30 runs, as he faced 46 and smashed 5 fours. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was the second top-scorer with 22 off 25 runs. He hit just a couple of boundaries. Habibullah made 13 runs.Besides, fast bowler Mohammad Imran (4 for 28), Abass Afridi (3 for 20), Mohammad Ilyas (1 for 24), and Azam Khan (1 for 27) were other successful bowlers for Peshawar.Peshawar got their target in 17.2 overs. Wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Haris played a sparking and aggressive innings, which was the lion share in his team’s victory. He scored 46 from 33 balls featuring seven fours and a six.Sahibzada was out in bizarre fashion as he inadvertently whipped the bails off with his bat resulting in a hit wicket off Ghulam Mudassar. The other four wickets to fall were taken by Noman Ali (two wickets), Danish Aziz, and Saim (one each).Summarized Scorecard (final):Toss: Peshawar won the toss and decided to field firstMan of the Match: Mohammad ImranKarachi Whites (103 all out in 31.2 overs)Azam Khan 30 runs (46 balls, 4x5, 6x0), Sarfaraz Ahmed 22 runs (25 balls, 4x2, 6x0), Habibullah 13 runs (20 balls, 4x1, 6x0)Peshawar (Bowling):Mohammad Imran (4 for 28), Abass Afridi (3 for 20), Mohammad Ilyas (1 for 24), Azam Khan (1 for 27)Peshawar Batting (108 for 5 in 17.2 overs) Target 104Mohammad Haris 46 runs (33 balls, 4x7, 6x1), Sahibzada Farhan 16 runs (16 balls, 4x2, 6x1), Adil Amin 14 runs not out (16 balls, 4x2, 6x0)Karachi Whites (Bowling)Nouman Ali (2 for 19), Saim Ayub (1 for 6), Danish Aziz (1 for 17), Ghulam Mudassar (1 for 28)Awards of Pakistan Cup:Best Batter: Saim Ayub (Karachi Region Whites) (397 runs)Best Bowler: Zahid Mehmood (Multan Region) and Mohammad Abbas Afridi (Peshawar Region) (15 wickets each)Best Wicket-keeper: Haseebullah (Multan Region) (326 runs and 10 dismissals).